Have you been wondering how the revolutionary 9-euro ticket has transformed travel in Germany?
Well, as expected, trains and buses are visibly fuller, sometimes crowded, although rarely overcrowded. (And if so, it’s always because of people who insist on bringing their bicycle on a train.)
Roads and highways are less congested. There are fewer accidents. People are more relaxed. Everyone is happier.
And because everyone can now afford to take the comfortable, scenic and romantic railroad, almost nobody has to use uncomfortable, claustrophobic and unreliable airplanes anymore.
Trying to find out how air travel in Germany has been affected, I decided to walk to the airport in Berlin last night. With my penchant for romantic situations, I got there just in time for the sunset.
And I was in for quite a surprise: The airport was almost empty. It was open for business, theoretically, but nobody wanted to use those gas-guzzling planes anymore. All the parking was empty. I could walk around the terminals without any security stopping me. People had taken over the runway for cycling, roller-blading, jogging and picnicking.